McHENRY – Like any family with a newborn during the holidays, Jimmy and Jenna Miller dressed their son, Korbin, in festive outfits. They have a picture of him in a shirt that says “Santa” and one of the happy family in front of a Christmas tree.
After the new year, however, Korbin became ill. Jimmy Miller, in an email to the Northwest Herald, said, “Korbin was a very healthy baby boy until his unexpected illness.”
Korbin, almost 6 weeks old, died Sunday after a five-day stay at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. The cause of death is still unknown, Jimmy Miller said.
To help the Miller family, the Twisted Moose sports grill, 2616 Schaid Court in McHenry, will host a fundraiser from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, with an appearance by Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings.
It will include a silent and live auction of sports memorabilia, said organizer Wayne Jett of Jett’s Heating and Air, 3309 South Route 31 in Crystal Lake.
Jennings also will launch a new T-shirt at the event. Shirts, which will cost $25, feature Jennings intercepting a pass over the Chicago skyline and say “The Hawk.”
Profits from shirt sales will go to the family, Jett said.
Money raised Saturday will be used to help with the funeral costs, medical bills and unexpected costs that have arisen since Korbin’s illness, Jimmy Miller said.
“The support from the community is so extremely humbling,” he Miller said. “Words can’t express how very blessed Jenna and I feel to have the overwhelming support of so many people.
“So many family, friends and, in a lot of cases, complete strangers, have come together to offer their love, prayers and support in memory of our sweet baby Korbin and it’s just been very comforting and inspiring for the both of us.”
The benefit for the Miller family is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Twisted Moose, 2616 Schaid Court in McHenry.